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MotoGP Mugello: Starting Grids

MotoGP

Dani Pedrosa will start the 2010 Gran Premio d’Italia TIM from pole position, his second of the season, after a superb late lap deposed current championship leader, Jorge Lorenzo, from the top of the timesheet.

"It’s great to take pole here," declared Pedrosa. "We’ve been working very hard through free practice and in qualifying this afternoon to improve things from yesterday. We’ve achieved this, so I’m satisfied. Lorenzo will be the man to beat tomorrow, but we are confident that we are in better shape than for the last race in Le Mans. I think it will be a fun race tomorrow."

Lorenzo had taken provisional pole position with ten minutes of the session remaining, becoming the first rider of the weekend to get under the 1’49" barrier by four-thousandths of a second, but Pedrosa’s effort means Lorenzo will go for his third straight win of the campaign from second position on the grid tomorrow.

"I am very happy about how my bike is feeling at Mugello," said Lorenzo. "I have a good race pace, the Bridgestone tyres feel good and I think I can make a fight tomorrow."

Joining the Spanish duo on the front row will be Casey Stoner, who overcame problems with his Ducati Desmosedici that have plagued him all weekend to jump up from ninth to third in the final moments of this afternoon’s qualifying session, knocking his team-mate, Nicky Hayden, back to the second row of the grid.

"I’d love to say we’re ready for the race tomorrow, but the reality is we’re far from it," explained Stoner. "It was a bit if a banzai lap in qualifying to be honest; we still need to find around six tenths if we are to be competitive with Jorge and Dani tomorrow. But, if we can find something in warm-up, then we could be in a good position."

Hayden will start alongside Colin Edwards and Randy de Puniet, who both enjoyed a positive qualifying session at a sun-drenched Mugello this afternoon.

Ben Spies will start his first MotoGP race at Mugello from seventh place, after an impressive weekend learning yet another new circuit, and Andrea Dovizioso will also be on the third row for his home race. Aleix Espargaró continued to improve on his satellite Pramac Ducati to claim ninth place, his best qualifying position to date, while another rookie, Hiroshi Aoyama, rounded out the top ten.

A notable absence from the session was Valentino Rossi. The reigning World Champion was taken to hospital earlier in the day after a crash in the morning practice, and will have an operation this evening on a fractured right tibia.

"I didn’t see Rossi’s crash, but what I’ve heard about the injury doesn’t sound good," said Pedrosa. "I just hope the operation goes well for him, because the first operation is always the most important."

MotoGP Start Positions

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1

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1 26 Dani

PEDROSA

SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 329.3 1’48.819  
2 99 Jorge

LORENZO

SPA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 324.8 1’48.996 0.177 / 0.177
3 27 Casey

STONER

AUS Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati 339.3 1’49.432 0.613 / 0.436
4 69 Nicky

HAYDEN

USA Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati 336.4 1’49.546 0.727 / 0.114
5 5 Colin

EDWARDS

USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 323.9 1’49.683 0.864 / 0.137
6 14 Randy DE

PUNIET

FRA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 323.9 1’49.737 0.918 / 0.054
7 11 Ben SPIES USA Monster

Yamaha Tech 3

Yamaha 320.4 1’49.861 1.042 /

0.124

8 4 Andrea

DOVIZIOSO

ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 327.3 1’50.065 1.246 / 0.204
9 41 Aleix

ESPARGARO

SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 335.2 1’50.168 1.349 / 0.103
10 7 Hiroshi

AOYAMA

JPN Interwetten Honda MotoGP Honda 330.4 1’50.224 1.405 / 0.056
11 58 Marco

SIMONCELLI

ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 327.1 1’50.434 1.615 / 0.210
12 65 Loris

CAPIROSSI

ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 322.8 1’50.479 1.660 / 0.045
13 40 Hector

BARBERA

SPA Paginas Amarillas Aspar Ducati 341.2 1’50.561 1.742 / 0.082
14 33 Marco

MELANDRI

ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 328.9 1’50.664 1.845 / 0.103
15 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Pramac

Racing Team

Ducati 338.5 1’50.970 2.151 /

0.306

16 19 Alvaro

BAUTISTA

SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 324.7 1’53.243 4.424 / 2.273
  46 Valentino

ROSSI

ITA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha

Moto2

Andrea Iannone gave the home crowd something to cheer about at Mugello today, by taking pole position for the Moto2 race at the Italian circuit after a hectic qualifying session. Iannone’s lap of 1’55.598 secured him the fourth pole of his career – his first in the new intermediate category – by a margin of 0.260s.

Joining him on the front row will be current championship leader Toni Elías who put in a hot final lap of the session to rise to second, having been much further down the timesheet for most of practice and qualifying. Alex de Angelis and Jules Cluzel were separated by just five-hundredths of a second in third and fourth, as they completed the front row.

Shoya Tomizawa, who is lying second in the overall standings and 18 points off Elías going into tomorrow’s race, will lead the second row after setting the fifth best time, with Sergio Gadea, Gabor Talmacsi and Axel Pons also inside the top eight. Talmacsi had a fall towards the end of the session, which severely damaged his bike, but left the former 125cc World Champion uninjured

Thomas Lüthi and Julián Simón also set top-ten times, with the latter sliding out at the very end of the session but returning to his bike immediately.

Moto2 Start Positions

Mugello, Saturday, June 05, 2010

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 29 Andrea

IANNONE

ITA Fimmco Speed Up Speed Up 281.7 1’55.598  
2 24 Toni ELIAS SPA Gresini

Racing Moto2

Moriwaki 284.7 1’55.858 0.260 /

0.260

3 15 Alex DE

ANGELIS

RSM RSM Team Scot Force GP210 273.6 1’56.222 0.624 / 0.364
4 16 Jules

CLUZEL

FRA Forward Racing Suter 270.3 1’56.272 0.674 / 0.050
5 48 Shoya

TOMIZAWA

JPN Technomag-CIP Suter 270.4 1’56.284 0.686 / 0.012
6 40 Sergio

GADEA

SPA Tenerife 40 Pons Pons Kalex 277.2 1’56.296 0.698 / 0.012
7 2 Gabor

TALMACSI

HUN Fimmco Speed Up Speed Up 278.7 1’56.305 0.707 / 0.009
8 80 Axel PONS SPA Tenerife

40 Pons

Pons Kalex 279.5 1’56.331 0.733 /

0.026

9 12 Thomas

LUTHI

SWI Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2 Moriwaki 279.6 1’56.339 0.741 / 0.008
10 60 Julian

SIMON

SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Suter 270.9 1’56.343 0.745 / 0.004
11 25 Alex

BALDOLINI

ITA Caretta Technology Race Dept I.C.P. 273.6 1’56.388 0.790 / 0.045
12 55 Hector

FAUBEL

SPA Marc VDS Racing Team Suter 275.4 1’56.443 0.845 / 0.055
13 19 Xavier

SIMEON

BEL Holiday Gym Racing Moriwaki 275.8 1’56.466 0.868 / 0.023
14 35 Raffaele

DE ROSA

ITA Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 278.4 1’56.543 0.945 / 0.077
15 6 Alex DEBON SPA Aeroport

de Castello – Ajo

FTR 269.6 1’56.647 1.049 /

0.104

16 44 Roberto

ROLFO

ITA Italtrans S.T.R. Suter 272.9 1’56.649 1.051 / 0.002
17 52 Lukas PESEK CZE Matteoni

CP Racing

Moriwaki 280.4 1’56.652 1.054 /

0.003

18 41 Arne TODE GER Racing

Team Germany

Suter 278.6 1’56.665 1.067 /

0.013

19 72 Yuki

TAKAHASHI

JPN Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 273.6 1’56.716 1.118 / 0.051
20 17 Karel

ABRAHAM

CZE Cardion AB Motoracing FTR 281.0 1’56.718 1.120 / 0.002
21 63 Mike DI

MEGLIO

FRA Mapfre Aspar Team Suter 274.2 1’56.746 1.148 / 0.028
22 71 Claudio

CORTI

ITA Forward Racing Suter 275.4 1’56.799 1.201 / 0.053
23 65 Stefan

BRADL

GER Viessmann Kiefer Racing Suter 275.7 1’56.851 1.253 / 0.052
24 14 Ratthapark

WILAIROT

THA Thai Honda PTT Singha SAG Bimota 270.9 1’56.888 1.290 / 0.037
25 75 Mattia

PASINI

ITA JIR Moto2 Motobi 279.4 1’56.897 1.299 / 0.009
26 3 Simone

CORSI

ITA JIR Moto2 Motobi 275.2 1’56.898 1.300 / 0.001
27 68 Yonny

HERNANDEZ

COL Blusens-STX BQR-Moto2 273.3 1’56.911 1.313 / 0.013
28 45 Scott

REDDING

GBR Marc VDS Racing Team Suter 284.9 1’57.049 1.451 / 0.138
29 77 Dominique

AEGERTER

SWI Technomag-CIP Suter 273.4 1’57.380 1.782 / 0.331
30 61 Vladimir

IVANOV

UKR Gresini Racing Moto2 Moriwaki 284.6 1’57.392 1.794 / 0.012
31 59 Niccolo

CANEPA

ITA RSM Team Scot Force GP210 272.7 1’57.400 1.802 / 0.008
32 39 Robertino

PIETRI

VEN Italtrans S.T.R. Suter 276.9 1’57.455 1.857 / 0.055
33 9 Kenny NOYES USA Jack

& Jones by A.Banderas

Promoharris 272.7 1’57.467 1.869 / 0.012
34 5 Joan OLIVE SPA Jack

& Jones by A.Banderas

Promoharris 274.3 1’57.589 1.991 / 0.122
35 10 Fonsi NIETO SPA Holiday

Gym G22

Moriwaki 272.1 1’57.690 2.092 /

0.101

36 76 Bernat

MARTINEZ

SPA Maquinza-SAG Team Bimota 265.7 1’57.733 2.135 / 0.043
37 53 Valentin

DEBISE

FRA WTR San Marino Team ADV 274.7 1’57.940 2.342 / 0.207
38 21 Vladimir

LEONOV

RUS Vector Kiefer Racing Suter 269.7 1’58.247 2.649 / 0.307
39 8 Anthony

WEST

AUS MZ Racing Team MZ-RE Honda 265.5 1’58.430 2.832 / 0.183
40 88 Yannick

GUERRA

SPA Holiday Gym G22 Moriwaki 267.3 1’58.467 2.869 / 0.037
41 96 Anthony

DELHALLE

FRA Blusens-STX BQR-Moto2 271.9 1’58.701 3.103 / 0.234

125cc GP

Sandro Cortese will start tomorrow’s 125cc race from pole position, after stealing the number one slot on the grid from Pol Espargaró right at the end of this afternoon’s qualifying session. Espargaró was unable to respond, having crashed without injury with just ten minutes of the session left to run.

Bancaja Aspar team-mates Bradley Smith and current World Championship leader Nico Terol complete the front row, as both came within three-tenths of the top time.

Randy Krummenacher, Marc Márquez, Esteve Rabat and Efrén Vázquez will all be present on the second row after good qualification performances, although Vázquez experienced a fall at the very end of the session.

Johann Zarco and Tomoyoshi Koyama were inside the top ten, with British rider Danny Webb 13th. There were crashes for Adrián Martín and Luigi Morciano.

125cc GP Start Positions

Mugello, Saturday, June 05, 2010

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1

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1 11 Sandro

CORTESE

GER Avant Mitsubishi Ajo Derbi 233.0 1’58.315  
2 44 Pol

ESPARGARO

SPA Tuenti Racing Derbi 234.2 1’58.336 0.021 / 0.021
3 38 Bradley

SMITH

GBR Bancaja Aspar Team Aprilia 234.0 1’58.572 0.257 / 0.236
4 40 Nicolas

TEROL

SPA Bancaja Aspar Team Aprilia 237.6 1’58.586 0.271 / 0.014
5 35 Randy

KRUMMENACHER

SWI Stipa-Molenaar Racing GP Aprilia 232.3 1’58.682 0.367 / 0.096
6 93 Marc

MARQUEZ

SPA Red Bull Ajo Motorsport Derbi 234.9 1’58.705 0.390 / 0.023
7 12 Esteve

RABAT

SPA Blusens-STX Aprilia 238.0 1’59.177 0.862 / 0.472
8 7 Efren

VAZQUEZ

SPA Tuenti Racing Derbi 232.2 1’59.341 1.026 / 0.164
9 14 Johann

ZARCO

FRA WTR San Marino Team Aprilia 236.1 1’59.617 1.302 / 0.276
10 71 Tomoyoshi

KOYAMA

JPN Racing Team Germany Aprilia 241.1 1’59.692 1.377 / 0.075
11 53 Jasper

IWEMA

NED CBC Corse Aprilia 233.8 1’59.809 1.494 / 0.117
12 39 Luis SALOM SPA Stipa-Molenaar

Racing GP

Aprilia 238.0 2’00.052 1.737 /

0.243

13 99 Danny WEBB GBR Andalucia

Cajasol

Aprilia 240.2 2’00.131 1.816 /

0.079

14 23 Alberto

MONCAYO

SPA Andalucia Cajasol Aprilia 236.4 2’00.559 2.244 / 0.428
15 95 Alessandro

TONUCCI

ITA Junior GP Racing Team FMI Aprilia 219.8 2’00.774 2.459 / 0.215
16 92 Luigi

MORCIANO

ITA Junior GP Racing Team FMI Aprilia 234.3 2’00.890 2.575 / 0.116
17 5 Alexis

MASBOU

FRA Ongetta Team Aprilia 227.4 2’01.300 2.985 / 0.410
18 78 Marcel

SCHROTTER

GER Interwetten Honda 125 Honda 236.7 2’01.312 2.997 / 0.012
19 50 Sturla

FAGERHAUG

NOR AirAsia – Sepang Int. Circuit Aprilia 229.8 2’01.351 3.036 / 0.039
20 15 Simone

GROTZKYJ

ITA Fontana Racing Aprilia 229.6 2’01.589 3.274 / 0.238
21 84 Jakub

KORNFEIL

CZE Racing Team Germany Aprilia 228.3 2’01.683 3.368 / 0.094
22 51 Riccardo

MORETTI

ITA Junior GP FMI Aprilia 224.0 2’01.797 3.482 / 0.114
23 94 Jonas

FOLGER

GER Ongetta Team Aprilia 223.8 2’01.868 3.553 / 0.071
24 96 Tommaso

GABRIELLI

ITA Racing Team Gabrielli Aprilia 226.9 2’01.898 3.583 / 0.030
25 32 Lorenzo

SAVADORI

ITA Matteoni CP Racing Aprilia 219.9 2’02.243 3.928 / 0.345
26 98 Mattia

TAROZZI

ITA Faenza Racing Aprilia 233.0 2’02.417 4.102 / 0.174
27 63 Zulfahmi

KHAIRUDDIN

MAL AirAsia – Sepang Int. Circuit Aprilia 225.9 2’02.586 4.271 / 0.169
28 97 Armando

PONTONE

ITA Junior GP Racing Team FMI Aprilia 215.7 2’02.763 4.448 / 0.177
29 60 Michael

VAN DER MARK

NED Lambretta Reparto Corse Lambretta 220.9 2’03.114 4.799 / 0.351
30 87 Luca

MARCONI

ITA Ongetta Team Aprilia 234.3 2’03.245 4.930 / 0.131
31 69 Louis ROSSI FRA CBC

Corse

Aprilia 224.9 2’03.864 5.549 /

0.619

32 72 Marco

RAVAIOLI

ITA Lambretta Reparto Corse Lambretta 211.3 2’06.126 7.811 / 2.262
  26 Adrian

MARTIN

SPA Aeroport de Castello – Ajo Aprilia 193.3 2’21.695 23.380 / 15.56

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One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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